The Essence of Narrative

Each of these narratives focuses on a short event or moment that was significant to the storyteller. As we discussed, there is a huge difference between spoken and formal, written English, so these are obviously more informal than your writing will be. They do an excellent job, however, of illustrating the narration of something important.

As you watch this narrative, think about how the elements that the narrator included  help make the story clearer to you.

With this story, think about perspective. How is Julio’s story different from the story that the mugger might tell?

This narrative has a very clear chronological order. He talks about what happened, and then he talks about his feelings and anxieties that resulted from it. Remember the details that he uses to make the story more interesting.

The selection of events is important in this narrative because the speaker tells you what she remembers as being most important. The details and events that she talks about all emphasize her point — that she had to fight to get registered to vote because of her color.

This story gives a clear example of an overarching topic, so keep that in mind as you watch it.

Finally, remember this narrator’s use of details to create an idea of her life — how she chooses small details to illustrate the hardships she grew up with.

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